CNN reports that over 5,000 children age five and under are staying at home due to the furlough shutting out preschools in 11 states. About a million children in the country are part of Head Start, a program funded by the government that provides poor children with food, education and health care. The kids will have to wait until the shutdown ends before the government can resume federal funding on the schools.
Almost 19,000 schools are set to receive funding from Head Start in October. However, the shutdown is making it difficult for families that rely on Head Start to provide for their children as they rely on the resources that Head Start offers them.
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